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Pagham on 10/10/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:91 litres

I was determined to get out today as other commitments mean I probably won't get out for the next couple of weeks. Almost didn't try Pagham having read Bill and Heather's reports yesterday but thought I would give it a whirl. Halfway there the wind dropped so diverted to Andy Biggs and bought a new mast (expensive diversion). Just as I was about to head home clutching my new mast I noticed the wind had picked up so I continued to Pagham but by now I was a couple of hours after high tide. The wind was pretty patchy but I decided to give it a go anyway. To be honest, it wasn't as bad as the locals were making out (they must be spoiled) although the current coming out from the lagoon was pretty fast. It was against wind, so great for getting planing off the beach. But coming in, even on the plane you just felt yourself moving sideways to the beach - very disorientating! Jumping was a bit strange too. Not the fact that it was port tack, but with the wind blowing almost offshore, it had a tendancy to push the nose down midflight making for some scary landings. Broke a harness line which I tried to bodge a repair to with limited success - didn't have time to go in and change the lines. All, in all, and interesting sail - just wish I had a bit more time.
I should add that it was great (if a little surprising) to be back in my summer suit.

Added by rogerta on 11/10/10

10 out of 10 for perseverance Jonathan! We were down before high tide ie. wind with tide. I didn't go out as the currents into the harbour were running like a river (could have gone white water rafting). A couple of guys and a kiter managed to get swallowed up by it, trying to get back to the beach. As soon as they hit the current they lost the wind and ended up getting washed all the way round into the harbour - very amusing. We'd walked round the nature reserve twice and so couldn't wait any longer for the outgoing tide. Ended up sitting in the Walnut Tree garden having Sunday lunch. What a weekend though - amazing.

Added by nickscott on 11/10/10

Where is the launch site? Went down a few weeks ago near the sailing club but nobody could tell me where the windsurfers were.
A map would be good please. Cheers nick

Added by rogerta on 11/10/10



Added by jonathan on 12/10/10

yes, even with wind against current I watched one poor bloke get dragged all the way along the sea front. Fortunately he had been showing his sons how to windsurf so they eventually helped get him out! I think he was a little embarassed though... certainly I've never seen a current like it on the sea.

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